It is cold!

Temperatures are dropping close to 0 at nights and there are thousands of families here who have not at all the means to be warm! Their lifes are in danger!



Syrian families living in dire situation in Hatay

In the city Kırıkhan in Hatay which hosts around 30,000 Syrian refugees while having a population of 100,000 some 30 families have settled alongside the cooton fields around 3 months ago. They all come from either from Aleppo region or Kobane and fled with almost nothing IS waiting for the day they can return to their homes. They wait! In tents made out of sticks, carpets, and plastic sheets, no heating or WASH, barely clothes, and above all hardly anything to eat. The men, women and chidren were able to work during the harvesting season to earn around 20 TL (7 EUR) per day to buy food.

Winter has come! There is no work anymore! Temperatures are dropping around zero degrees! And there is barely any assistance!

Visiting these people and seeing their dire situation, knowing that the cold puts all of them, but especially the children, sick and old family memebers in danger makes me feel particularly helpless! These 30 families belong to 1,6 million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey, of which only 220,000 are residing in camps and their lives proves one more time that the international community and Turkey has to do more to help refugees and to find ways to end the conflict in Syria and Northern Iraq.

Latest AI report about Syrians in Turkey

Turkey: Border abuses and destitution aggravating plight of Syria refugees

„Turkey is clearly struggling to meet even the most basic needs of hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees. The result is that many of those who have made it across the border have been abandoned to a life of destitution. The humanitarian assistance offered by the international community has been pitifully low, but Turkey also needs to do more to request and facilitate it.“


Latest UN figures from Syria

As the conflict enters its fourth year, the crisis in Syria is the largest protection crisis on the global stage:

10.8 million people have been displaced by the conflict, including 7.6 million internally, making Syria the biggest displacement crisis worldwide!

Over 191,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict. Flagrant human rights violations, use of sieges as a weapon of war, indiscriminate attacks against densely populated areas and targeting of civilian infrastructure continue
to occur in violation of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.

Source: OCHA 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview Syrian Arab Republic (Nov 2014)

‚Trapped in Syria‘

‚ The number of refugees fleeing Syria has dropped dramatically — but that’s not good news. In fact, it’s terrible.‘

Foreign Policy published a striking article about the number of refugees fleeing Syria and reveals very drastically why the decrease of number has nothing to do with an improvement of security and living conditions in the country and how less the international community, especially the EU and US is doing to help the over 10 million displaced people!

Syrian refugee children working in Turkey

The war in Syria forces millions of people to flee their homes. Around 1.6 Million have found shelter in Turkey, especially in the Southeast. The living and work conditions are rough and so, many children have to contribute to the families‘ income. Most of them earn one Euro per day!